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Learn how faith in Jesus Christ is made simple.About Simple Faith - Lesson 1

Simplicity and Unity
Understand that faith needs knowledge to build and bind us to God.
 
I’d like to take a moment to share with you how God made faith simple in Jesus Christ by giving us. . .knowledge. . . as the living tether of His grace.

When we talk about knowledge being a tether we are talking about God’s use of knowledge to join us to Him to be one with Him. Even as Jesus said, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be ONE, as we are,” John 17:11.

When we talk about living knowledge we are referring to how. . .


 

  • God makes Himself known to us by means of His knowledge, and how
  • He inspires His knowledge by His grace, which
  • is the power of His Spirit to bring understanding to enable us to
  • apply it in our lives for our own benefit.  

This is a continual process, and that is why we say we are tethered to God by His knowledge. The knowledge that unites us to Him is a bond made living by the Spirit that God daily maintains as we continue in His truth.  This again tells us something simple, that

  • WE NEED KNOWLEDGE FOR FAITH

The Spirit of God brings this to our attention through the prophet Isaiah saying, “By His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities,” Isaiah 53:11.
 
Apostle Paul confirms this by saying, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” 2 Corinthians 4:6.

Again, The Spirit of the Lord teaches us in 1 Samuel 2:3 saying, “for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” And again Jesus Himself stated, “God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth,” John 4:24.

Where Christ is preached a tethering of knowledge takes place that carries the living expression of Jesus Christ. Why a tethering of knowledge? Because God has bound Himself to His Word, to carry all those of faith by this knowledge of Christ. Ours souls are renewed and refreshed by knowledge.  
 
Remove Fear
Decide to remove the prejudice of error from faith.

There are a few reasons why the idea of needing knowledge for faith may seem strange to you. First of all, we live in this new high-tech age of information and technology where the mind has been bombarded with every kind of knowledge imaginable, from the daily news to the ups and downs of the stock market; best parenting advice, tips about dating, the 10 best ways to cook a turkey, and 101 ways to do your job better, faster, and more efficiently.

People were highly motivated to find a faith in God that would allow them to turn off their brain and just “believe”, hoping that somehow a rich faith in God would emerge from a heart of desire.  

People wanted faith in God to be something they felt rather than something that must be studied. People thought that “simple” meant

  • that a person is not required to think about God’s knowledge and that “simple” meant
  • unencumbered with knowledge, but, this is not true.

Clearly the scriptures testify that instruction of knowledge is necessary for faith to be acceptable to God, for Moses instructed the children of Israel according to the knowledge God gave him. So, one wonders why this should be resisted today.

Naturally, what happens in the absence of instruction is that truth gets lost in error, and faith becomes uncertain. It is understandable, then, how the idea that faith in God can be absorbed by being in the right place to feel God’s presence is appealing. When truth becomes hazy, confusing, and conflictive it is easier to say, “I believe because I feel,” than to deal with the uncertainty of not knowing what to believe.

God’s knowledge removes the prejudice of error to make faith certain. You can be certain of what you know to be true about Jesus Christ and you can be certain that the Holy Spirit will inspire and empower the knowledge of Christ.

The Connection Between Knowledge and Faith is Lost
Learn the reason for confusion and reestablish right connection

There are many reasons for New Covenant Faith in Jesus Christ becoming complicated, but we need only focus on the two main reasons for confusion: (1) The first reason is lack of covenant knowledge and (2) the second reason is deception.

Lack of Covenant Knowledge. By “covenant knowledge” we are here referring to the path of conversion. How a person comes into covenant with God. The connection between knowledge and faith is lost when the path of conversion is misunderstood. It is taught that the new man of faith is born when a person makes confession of faith in Jesus Christ.

This new man of faith is thought to be your reborn human spirit, or new creation in Christ, and needs only read what the Bible says about the new man in Christ, what he is supposed to think, say, and do, and then believe it, confess it, and live it.

When the new man needs direction on a given issue, he is to go to the Bible to see what the Bible says about that question or topic, and then ask the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and empower the new man to walk this path, which they believe the Spirit is pointing out to them.  

There are several problems with this that affect your walk of faith and experience of salvation. First of all, God did not plan that the new man in Christ would emerge from a confession of faith, but would emerge by the engrafting of the Holy Spirit in the inner man and instruction in doctrine.  

Second, when the “new man of faith” emerges based on a confession of faith in Jesus Christ, but has no knowledge, no covenant, no priesthood, no tools, he is left with many unanswered questions. It is not long before you realize that your experience does not follow the path the Bible seemingly laid out so carefully.

You begin to ask: Where is the power to overcome myself, the world, and the devil? I try to do what the Bible says I should, and I am really messing up! I know that God accepts me the way I am, but I want to please Him, and I don’t know how! I wish I knew what the will of God is! How will I know the difference between the voice of God and my own thoughts? I really want to walk in this new man of faith, but all I seem to be able to do is repeat the mistakes of the past!

Third, your faith only works with the knowledge it has. If the knowledge is not Christ, the likeness is not Christ.

Deception. When we talk about deception we are talking about a lack of the true knowledge of Jesus Christ because of the presence of Satan’s lie.

Exposing Satan’s Lie That it May Lose its Power
Gain new understanding to separate your faith from Satan’s false knowledge

In the absence of knowledge the soul goes to sleep. This is why God likens ignorance to the darkness of night. We see this preached in nature, how that man and much of the animal kingdom shuts down at night.  

In the absence of knowledge there is darkness. The scriptures testify to this by saying, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not,” John 1:5.  

So now, let’s look at how darkness is the absence of knowledge. When someone lies to us about a certain matter, we are ignorant concerning the truth, we are in the dark. When we are told the truth by someone else concerning that matter, we say we are enlightened, and the lie loses its power.  

  • For the lie of Satan to lose its power in our lives we need to be enlightened by the truth, which is found in the knowledge of Christ.  
  • That is why, “By His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many.” Isaiah 53:11.  When we are enlightened by the living knowledge of Jesus Christ, we are able to stand justified before God. When we try to use the knowledge of man, we are continually under condemnation.

Where Christ is preached the compassion of God is seen. The light of His knowledge awakens the soul of man from sleep. Man shakes himself and rises up in the power of true holiness to walk with His Maker by His precious gift of life, made possible through Jesus Christ.

The last thing Satan wants is for you to awaken to God’s knowledge, to know God’s plan and to walk in it. Satan wants man to live by his emotions, which are like the sand, always shifting. But God wants you to live by His knowledge, which is the truth of Christ and which will never move. This is why it is vital that you learn the knowledge of God and build a strong faith in Jesus Christ.

What we see God doing by giving us knowledge for faith is giving us the means to choose faith. Faith has to be a cognitive choice of the will. God not only shows us clearly Jesus Christ, but makes clear what false knowledge is and how it holds no substance for the soul.

Satan is being identified as that kingdom that stands indifferent to and is in direct opposition to the house of God. Satan wants to compete with the house of God by false knowledge.

Escape Oppression: Wherever False Knowledge is, Oppression Exists
Identify the kingdom that oppresses the soul

Wherever false knowledge is, oppression exists. What is oppression? Oppression has to do with the soul being without direction, unable to find its way to the liberty of Christ, always in a condition of serving the many promises of freedom without being enabled to obtain it.

So then, when the soul is without direction it is under a form of oppression; no eternal substance is being born, and it wanders in the broad way. That is a form of oppression. False knowledge births this.

  •   False knowledge keeps the soul in that state of derision, wandering, frustrated, and anxious, whereas
  •   in the kingdom of God, being tethered to Christ, substance is born, the peace of God rules, and the soul enters into rest because we have the substance of His knowledge, which shows us the way of life. This is Jesus’ promise; He said,  “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,” John 14:6.

God has to give us knowledge to separate our faith from Satan’s false knowledge. We choose truth over false knowledge because false knowledge does not produce substance, so the soul cannot enter into rest. Truth, on the other hand, brings the substance of God within the heart, and therefore, by faith you do enter into His rest.

Remember:  Faith is not simple when it is denied life, when it is denied the things it needs to make it living. Faith is simple when it is given knowledge that reflects Jesus Christ perfectly. 

The Key of Knowledge
Defend the need for knowledge to reflect Christ

Simple faith is not about taking away the need for knowledge, for if we do that, then we throw away the key to the true liberty God wants us to have. Simple Faith means having the knowledge you need to reflect Christ rather than yourself.

Salvation is about God restoring His likeness to the soul. His likeness was lost by Adam’s fall, but restored by Jesus’ resurrection. And it is because we reflect Him that Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brethren.  

When salvation is not put in the frame of God’s knowledge, it is impossible for you to identify Jesus Christ. If you cannot identify Him, you cannot observe Him, and if you cannot observe Him you cannot reflect Him or take on His likeness.

What Does Knowledge Need to Reflect Christ?

Name the three things knowledge needs to accomplish God’s purpose.

For you to identify, observe, and reflect Christ, knowledge needs these 3 things: (1) Knowledge needs a frame, (2) Knowledge needs tools, and (3) Knowledge needs to enable us to reciprocate Christ.

1.    Knowledge needs a frame. Just as God instructed Moses to build a tabernacle (a house) for Him in which the Israelites were to practice their faith, in the same way we have to build a spiritual house or temple for the Lord in which to practice our faith. Faith needs a house in which to function. Without the knowledge we will not be able to function in this house.

Just like Moses had to teach the Israelites how to function in faith in the tabernacle, we need knowledge of how to function in our spiritual temple so we can please God. By the knowledge of Christ we are enabled to enter into this house and use all of its functions freely. “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,” 1 Corinthians 6:19.

2.    Knowledge needs tools: God provided spiritual tools, which bring us in contact with the knowledge so that truth can become part of us as it is part of Jesus Christ. God gave us these tools so that when we use them in faith, that which is in Jesus (namely the framework of His knowledge, which is truth) will also be in us. This then becomes the norm by which our souls function.

The spiritual tools of Jesus assist the soul to enter into rest. What does this mean? The soul has a need to enter into the rest of Christ, separated from all the forms of faith that promise rest, but do not deliver.  

The soul enters into rest when it comes in contact with truth—the knowledge of Christ—which replaces the knowledge that makes all the empty promises and wearies the soul by not producing the desired outcome, and thus leaves it in a state of condemnation and disappointment. We express faith in God by laboring with His knowledge to enter into rest.

3.    We need knowledge to enable us to reciprocate to God:
Faith needs knowledge to reciprocate to God that you may grow and increase in Him. Just like a father longs to know what a child has learned from a discussion with him through reciprocation, so God also wants to know of us after we have labored with the knowledge of His Son that it has become part of us.

A father would even try to get a response from a child by asking, “Do you understand?” and then following up with, “What did you understand?” God has the same longing in His heart. This is why He calls Himself our Father.

God wants you to use His knowledge so you can identify with Jesus Christ, observe Him, and reflect Him. When we say “reflect” it means that when God looks at us He wants to see His Son in us.  

To determine this, God looks at what's going on in the soul. Do we work with an earthly knowledge, which reflects our own earthly ambitions to have a worldly peace that will free us from earthly contradictions that upsets our rest, or do we labor with the knowledge from above, which works the peace of Jesus Christ, surpasses all understanding, and is not disturbed by the issues of this world?
 

4 Part Video Teaching by Apostle Eric vonAnderseck

Last Revised: 2013-01-30

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